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Another year is here, and for once, social media seems to have less of the usual resolutions and New Year, New Me posts. Perhaps 2020 has left everyone just a little unsure of what 2021 will bring, and a little apprehensive about the big plans that would usually be the theme each January.

However, no matter the unsurety of the new year, or the lack of big parties to celebrate, there’s still space to create something new and to make plans to better ourselves, even in smaller, more lockdown-friendly ways. Personal growth and introspection has become a theme, and with these reads, you’ll be able to carry that forward (and leave the rest of the year behind), and make 2021 an incredible year—no matter what that ends up looking like!

 

Crystal Clear by Jaya Saxena

From the author of Basic Witches, Crystal Clear takes the principle and associations of common crystals, and turns them into a series of essays that may well have you rethinking the things you want in 2021. From ideas of love (rose quartz) to positivity (carnelian), these essays will teach readers about the history and use of the stones, but more than that, they will teach readers to challenge the idea of what we actually need to be our best selves in the world.

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Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida

What better way to start the new year than with a light, bright, and quietly inspiring novel? Siri, Who Am I? is a sweet romantic page-turner, and a reminder that Instagram never tells the whole story! Here, Mia wakes up without her memory, but with an Instagram feed that looks absolutely flawless. However, as she tries to figure out who she is based on the face she presents to the world, she starts to realize just how much disconnect there is between the two.

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The Astrology Of You And Me by Gary Goldschneider

For something a little more in keeping with the traditional ideas of new year self improvement, The Astrology Of You And Me will provide real insight into how the stars might be affecting your relationships and what to actually do about that. Using the zodiac as a guide, this book considers how common astrological traits can cause friction and how to improve relationships by looking to the stars.

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Untamed by Glennon Doyle

One of the biggest literary hits of 2020, you’ve probably already heard of Untamed, and now is the perfect time to read it. Inspirational, heartfelt, funny, and so much more, Untamed is primarily about Doyle’s own journey to stop fitting in and start living the way that makes her truly happy, but of course, it’s also about encouraging others to find a way to do the same.

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We Are The Luckiest by Laura McKowan

Increasingly, people are finding the new year to be a great time to examine their relationship with alcohol—something about all that overindulgence during the holidays, perhaps! And of all the increasingly popular books about sobriety and moderation, We Are The Luckiest is one of the best examples of this new genre called "quit lit." The book is inspiring, unflinching, and may inspire anyone to consider the big question: not "is this bad enough to change" but "is this good enough to stay the same?"

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Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong

Becoming a better version of yourself in 2021 isn’t just about rediscovery and becoming more yourself, it’s also about learning how other people navigate the world, and Minor Feelings is a fantastic place to start. A series of essays about being the child of immigrants in America, this is a book that will challenge perspectives and open up a new idea of the American experience and what that means.

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Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby

Finally, a book to remind us that all the self improvement in the world is only a positive when it comes with a little humor and actual enjoyment. Samantha Irby’s Wow, No Thank You is a collection of essays about figuring out her place in the world, but as well as being heartfelt, these are relatable and thigh-slappingly funny. A perfect book to start the new year with a smile.

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What are your favorite new year reads? Tweet @quirkbooks and let us know.